Professor Raul Rojas Recipient of Several Tributes in Mexico

Computer Scientist of Freie Universität Berlin Honored in His Native Country

№ 365/2008 from Nov 14, 2008

The computer scientist, Professor Raul Rojas, head of the artificial intelligence division at Freie Universität Berlin, will be the recipient of several tributes during his current stay in Mexico. He is being given recognition for his close collaboration with scientists in Mexico, his efforts in the education of Mexican Ph.D. students at Freie Universität Berlin, and his active cultivation of relations with Mexican universities.

On November 15, Rojas will deliver the concluding lecture at the conference "50 Years of Computing in Mexico." His lecture will address the future development of computer science in Mexico. The National University of Mexico has organized this conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the installation of the first computer in Mexico. Renowned Mexican professors working in the United States and Europe were invited to particpate.

Since the University of Monterrey appointed Rojas as an adjunct professor in 2007, he has been teaching there in regular intervals. On November 18 and 19, he will be teaching a course for mechatronics students. In this context he is being granted the TECNOS Award for his work in the field of robotics and for his achievements in technology transfer. The award will be presented by the governor of the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon.

Subsequently, Rojas will bestow the award named after him, the Raul Rojas Gonzalez Medal of the Institute of Science and Technology of the federal state Distrito Federal, on Luis Rafael Herrera Estrella for his work on transgenic plants. This award is being presented for the first time. It was established as part of the bicentennial celebrations commemorating Mexico's independence from Spain.

Additional information may be obtained from:

Susanne Schötker-Söhl, Institute of Computer Science, Freie Universität Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0)30 / 838 75102